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Local Restaurant Organizes 4th Annual Fundraiser To Benefit Spokane's Ronald McDonald House

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(KHQ)- If you're in the mood for Italian food this week, most importantly, gelato, you have the opportunity to support a local business and a local charity at the same time.

Ferrante's Marketplace Cafe, on the South Hill, is holding it's 4th Adopt-a-Room fundraiser on Wednesday, April 16 and Thursday, April 17.

100% of the proceeds go to funding a room at Spokane's Ronald McDonald House. To fully fund the room for a year is $2000, and the fundraiser usually makes more than that.

Currently, a 10-year-old boy named Brian Moore and his grandfather, Mark, live in the "Ferrante's Room."

Originally from Spirit Lake, Idaho, the two needed to be at the Ronald McDonald House when they learned that Brian had a brain tumor.

"He went in for an eye test because he was having headaches," explained Mark, "and that's how they found the tumor."

Brian's treatment is a 48-58 week process, and he has about 3-4 more months of chemotherapy left before he and his grandfather can leave the Ronald McDonald House.

However, while they're staying at their home away from home, the "Ferrante's Room" is treating them well.

"It has this TV, the DVD player, and the XBOX," said Mark. "All that comes with the room."

"We'd love to see this place just packed," explained Tony Traver, the restaurants' manager.

Traver said the restaurant is known for it's thin crust pizza, popular peas and bacon pasta, and as one of the only places in Spokane that serves gelato.

"We're a small business in the community," explained Traver. "And it's a great opportunity to put our name out there and give back to community where we live."

And families like Brian and Mark certainly appreciate Ferrante's generosity.

"I seriously don't know what we'd do without the Ronald McDonald House," said Mark. "I want to get up there and meet them [Ferrante's] and thank them for such a wonderful room..I think it's just wonderful what people do for people with cancer."

"I would say thank you for sponsoring my room at the Ronald McDonald House," said Brian. He said knowing that the restaurant does this fundraiser to help kids like him make him feel "happy" and "glad."

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